You have to like their chances when you consider the Lakers possess the league's best closer in Bryant, its most versatile big man in Gasol, its top center in Howard and its best shooter in Nash.
"We made it all the way to the Finals and lost and the next day in the paper there was talk about breaking up the team, Kareem is too old, I can't shoot," Rambis recalled. "And it's probably going to happen with this team too. If they don't win the NBA Finals, it's going to seem like a failure to some people."
At 38, Nash has three more chances to win a title because that's the number of seasons in what figures to be his final contract.
"I definitely could live with myself if it never happened," Nash said, "but I would also be the life of the party if we won."
Howard wants to follow the flight path of another Superman, only with a stiffer tail wind. O'Neal came west from Orlando in 1996 and needed four years to win his first championship with the Lakers.
Howard undoubtedly would prefer to get it done in his first season, before deciding if he'll come back for a second. It helps that everywhere he looks, there is another superhero ready to aid his quest.
"Dwight Howard is going to be much better with a Kobe Bryant and a Pau Gasol," TNT analyst Charles Barkley said. "When you're a great player, the more great players you play with the easier the game becomes."
It's suddenly getting crowded on the red carpet in the new basketball metropolis.
Get your cameras ready. The Lakers and Clippers are coming.